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Welcome to's SimCity 3000™ & SimCity 3000 Unlimited™ section. Here, you'll find cheats, tips, downloads, and the latest information and news on all versions of these games, and the building design tools that go along with them. The editor of this section's tips is Rand Huck.

If you don't yet have SimCity 3000, but want to pick up a copy, you can order it now through the store. The game is currently available on the Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms. A strategy guide is also available from Prima.

Latest SimCity 3000 News

Thursday, September 12, 2002

[SimCity] Source: Daily @ Forums
SimCity 3000 Site to Move
by Kevin Stange @ 12:46 AM EDT
Maxis has announced today that on Thursday night at midnight (presumably Pacific time, though this was not explicitly indicated), it will be relocating the SimCity 3000 web site to make room for the new SimCity 4 web site.

We can now easily speculate, with good reason, that there is a clear indication that Maxis is very ready to launch SimCity 4 within the next couple months.

Maxis intends to move the SimCity 4 site into the space at, and will provide a temporary link to the old site, for easy access. They also promise to set up a more memorable URL for the SimCity 3000 site as soon as they can.

Once gets word on this, we'll let you know.

Edit: The SimCity 3000 web site moved to

Friday, August 23, 2002

[SimCity] Source:
Best of The Web Commercial Set
by Kevin Stange @ 2:02 PM EDT
Maxis has put together another great SimCity building pack. This one, volume 9, features 21 Commercial buildings perfectly suited to add some variety to your cities.

Click here to check out this, and all the older Best of The Web releases!

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

[SimCity] Source:
New Download at
by Rand Huck @ 9:51 PM EDT
It's about time for a new Maxis download at its SimCity homepage, don't you think? :-) The Yeongnam Jaeil-kwan building, which in real life is in Korea, is now available for download here. The building will only work for SimCity 3000 Unlimited, however.

I was curious as to find a site that would give me more information on this building, but to no avail. If anyone can give me additional information on this building, it would be much appreciated. With your permission I might even publish it on the site, giving you credit, of course. :-)

Saturday, May 11, 2002

[SimCity] A new SimCity 3000 tip
by Rand Huck @ 1:24 PM EDT
I have finally dusted off the Prima's guide and, after quite a while, have added a new tip to my section. Living up to your land value goal analyses how certain parts of the game have a direct and indirect effect on land values.

Monday, December 10, 2001

[SimCity] Source:
SimDay for December 11th
by Tim Gowa @ 11:32 PM EST
Maxis has posted several updates for their latest SimCity SimDay. The first being that the Christmas Building Contest is now closed (for details on that contest click here). The second annoucement being that the staff is taking a break for Christmas, but will resume on the next SimDay after that, January 8th. Also on January 8th the winners to the Christmas Building Contest will be posted.

The third annoucement is that a new building landmark has been posted for download. The St. Paul's Church is now ready for your downloading pleasure by clicking here. (And then by clicking 'Download Paulskirche' :)

And the final annoucement is annoucing a site-wide outage tonight

Friday, November 30, 2001

[SimCity] Source:
Santa's Workshop Contest: T-Minus One Week
by Tim Gowa @ 2:23 AM EST
Just a week left to enter the's newest contest, the Santa's Workshop Concert.

Here's a blurb yanked from the official site:

"You should build the best Santa's Workshop you can and you might win an EA game of your choice and a Maxis Prize Package! You can create your building in BAT, BA + or SC3URK. It doesn't matter to us as long as you have fun and submit a Santa's Workshop that even Santa would be jealous of. We would also like to take a second to remind everyone that there is one prize for 1x1-2x2, one prize for 3x3-4x4, and one prize for 5x5, so you can work big or small, it is your choice!"

You can read more about it by hitting up this link

It looks to be a great contest, and I'm looking foward to seeing a new batch of creative and stunning buildings (As always the case :-)). Now, pour yourself a big steaming mug of hot cocoa, bootup the design program of your choice, then get in the spirit and design Santa's Workshop!

Friday, May 11, 2001

[SimCity] Source:
Raising Land Values
by Kevin Stange @ 12:48 PM EDT
Low land values got you down? Maxis has officially published a knowledge tree article from which offers some tips on getting those "Astronomical" zones you've always hoped for. You can hop over to's Tips and Tricks section to check it out by clicking here.

The original Knowledge Tree article can also be found here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2001

[SimCity] Source: Forums
SimCity 3000 Petition
by Kevin Stange @ 12:24 AM EDT
Tim Gowa posted a thread over at the Forums to inform people of a petition that Kevin B. (aka Lokey) has prepared for submission to Maxis and Electronic Arts.

The purpose of his petition is to convince Maxis and EA to return their focus to SimCity 3000, the SimCity series and its large fan community, which many believe have been neglected since the release of The Sims in 1999.

At last check the petition has received over 45 signatures, and gains many new signatures each day. If you agree that Maxis should be putting more energy into maintaining the SimCity series and its community, you can take a look at the petition for yourself, and sign your name.

Click here to see the petition.

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

[SimCity] Source: The SimForce Hall Of Fame Updated!
by Ian @ 2:52 PM EST
The official Simcity 3000 website ( has been updated with several new additions to the Hall Of Fame. The list now has 21 awesome buildings to pick from. These 21 buildings are the most detailed and elaborate buildings you will find in the sims community.

To check out the Hall Of Fame, click here

Tuesday, October 10, 2000

[SimCity] Source: SimzOnline
SimCityDay: Contest results; another contest
by Rand Huck @ 7:12 PM EDT
Over at they judged and prized the winners of the 1x1 building contest, which was a very close contest, says the judges. You can find the results here.

Maxis is also announcing a new contest, where you design your halloween themed building, sizes ranging from 1x1 to 5x5. Click here for more information.

Next week Maxis will release a new landmark.

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

[SimCity] Source: Rick Pierce releases the SCURK for SimCity 3000
by Rand Huck @ 6:06 PM EDT
This time, the "URK" doesn't stand for "Urban Renewal Kit", but "Unlimited Rendering Kit". It will act just like the SimCity2000 Urban Renewal Kit, without the "Place and Print", as I understand. You will need an external graphics program to create the buildings. All the SCURK will do is render them for use with SimCity 3000 Unlimited. You can find it at by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2000

[SimCity] Source:
Sim City Chat
by DevR @ 1:01 PM EDT
Don't forget to go to the chat at 4:00pm PST to chat with MaxisPaul, the wizard behind Sim City 3000!

Monday, July 24, 2000

[SimCity] Source:
Sim City Chat Transcripts
by DevR @ 7:55 PM EDT
If you missed the Sim City chats, then you have luck! The transcripts of the two chats have been posted at You can find the chat with MaxisJoseph here and the chat with MaxisWaylon here.
[SimCity] Source:
Tuesday's SimCity Day
by DevR @ 7:47 PM EDT
Tomorrows SimCity day will be a very special one. MaxisPaul will be chating with all the Sim City fans at 4:00 PST! He is the "wizard" behind Sim City 3000. I'm sure all of you will be glad to hear that he is also programming the simulation "SimsVille" (not all by himself though). Be sure to check out tomorrow for the chat!

Tuesday, July 11, 2000

[SimCity] Source:
Next SimCity Day
by DevR @ 3:04 PM EDT
Next week, the Sim City day will be a new Sim City 3000 Unlimited scenario from MaxisWaylon. This will supposedly have a bit of music history.